Bead Society Orange County

Janet Seward will be presenting “Guatemalan Adornment.”

Saturday, August 22, 2020 at 11AM – via Zoom!

Janet will be lecturing on Guatemalan jewelry which will include:

-Guatemalan Mayan jade ornaments (before colonization and after)
-Antique glass beads from Europe used on traditional village necklaces, rarely found today
-The traditional “Chachal” necklace
-Guardepelos, silver charms and other silversmithing traditions, (1930’s era to today).
-Traditional textiles used in Guatemala. 


Janet Seward been leading art and culture-oriented trips for 2 decades, mostly in conjunction with the Bowers Museum Collectors’ Council. But independently now, in conjunction with various hand-picked travel agencies.  

 In an earlier life, she made a living for 14 years, as a potter, in the Midwest. She is a jewelry maker now. She does wire-bending and stringing of the ethnic components that she has collected for decades.

Seward started collecting folk art and vintage items in her 20’s.

In her 30’s, she collected Guatemalan village costumes, while working on a textile collection for a couple of months a year in Antigua, Guatemala.

 For the past 20 years, she has designed and led trips, as well as making jewelry.

For the past 4 months, she has been trying to clean up her studio